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How we can keep our digital lives from getting in the way of our actual lives

A few years ago, University of Washington professor David Levy studied the effects of mindfulness meditation on multi-tasking. He trained his subjects, human resource managers in Seattle and San Francisco, for eight weeks in mindfulness meditation. Those who learned the techniques tested with lower stress levels and switched tasks less often.

Now Levy is applying these methods to our digital culture.

“Our lives are so powerfully digital, it can be hard to let go of a device even when we recognize we’re not doing anything productive with it,” Levy said, speaking to KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

“Our minds have a natural tendency to wander. We all have the ability to focus on one thing or another, but keeping it on a particular object of focus generally requires training,” Levy writes in his new book, “Mindful Tech.”

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